Studio Art Faculty
Shay Herring Clanton
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art
Shay Herring Clanton graduated from Mary Baldwin College where she received a BA with a double major in art history and studio art. Subsequently she finished two years of graduate course work in the School of Art History at Vanderbilt University; and, in 2000 she earned the MFA in painting and drawing from James Madison University. Shay currently teaches courses in painting, drawing, and foundation design at Mary Baldwin College. She also teaches studio art courses at the Beverley Street Studio School in Staunton, Virginia, and she periodically teaches classes for the gifted and talented program for area high school art students. From 1996-2000 she taught Figure Drawing and Basic Drawing in the art department at James Madison University.
Shay is a professional painter, working in oil and watercolor as well as pastel. She has an extensive exhibition record and has exhibited at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (Winston-Salem, N.C.), the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond), Bridgewater College, Mary Baldwin College, William H. King Regional Art Center, the Staunton Augusta Art Center, and the Beverley Street Studio School. Currently she is working on a series of watercolor journal paintings that reflect her interest in the natural world and in environmental advocacy. She is also working on a series of large abstract oil paintings based on local springs and rivers. Shay lives on Clayton Mill Creek near Deerfield, Virginia.
Adjunct Instructor of Art
Nancy Ross received a BA in studio art from the University of Maryland. She did not begin to work in clay until she returned from serving two years in the Peace Corps. Primarily self-taught, Nancy started her career as a studio potter in 1973 with a line of functional, wheel-thrown stoneware. In 1980 she received the MA in ceramics from James Madison University, with the intention of teaching ceramics. However, she pursued a full-time career as an independent studio potter for the next 20 years, exhibiting throughout the East coast at various annual craft fairs and galleries, and teaching community courses. Nancy has been involved in AVA, the Virginia professional organization for artisans, as a juried exhibitor, board member and officer and was president when the Artisans Center of Virginia was formed in 1998. Nancy began teaching at MBC in 2002, finding it a perfect fit for her desire to share her love of clay with many motivated students. She continues her own studio work in addition to various professional activities, including coordinating “The English Connection,” a national clay conference held at MBC in June 2006.
Part-Time Assistant Professor of Art
Theresa Rollison graduated from Mary Baldwin College in 2003 where she earned a BA in studio art with distinction in graphic design. Upon graduation, following a student internship, she transitioned to staff as Assistant Director of Design for Mary Baldwin College. Four years and five house cats later, she moved to Brooklyn to attended the School of Visual Arts where she completed the Designer as Author program, earning a MFA in 2009. While in New York, Theresa participated in group exhibitions at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (The Chair Project, 2008), The Visual Arts Gallery (Model Citizen, 2009) and The Visual Arts Theatre (Potential Energy, 2009). In 2010 she returned to the Mary Baldwin family as faculty. Theresa currently teaches graphic design and foundations courses. Off campus, Theresa works part-time as a freelance designer, Marketing Coordinator for Mid Valley Press and Art Director of Pitch Creative Services Directory.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art
Native Virginian, Martha Saunders, currently residing in Charlottesville, Virginia, received her undergraduate degree in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1981. She maintained a studio and exhibited work on the East Coast for ten years, and in 1993 received a MFA in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art. In tandem with studio work Martha has spent twenty one years in the field of education working in a range of positions, from art program facilitator in a large inner city school system to teaching visual art studios and art history for universities during the past twelve years.
Although starting out as a figurative painter and printmaker, beginning in the 1990’s her work combined sculptural, painting, and drawing sensibilities and moved towards a studio practice which revolved around materials and methods possessing properties of flexibility, delicacy, and transparency. The resulting works are formed with layers of materials and drawn or collaged imagery invoking notions of stability and flux simultaneously. The 2000 SECAC Artist Fellowship supported the completion of one such piece, Mind Skin II, a 90’ x 3’ beeswax wall relief. This work was shown at the McMaster Gallery, University of South Carolina in the fall of 2001. Currently Martha is working on and exhibiting a series of encaustic panel paintings, Oscillating Vistas, which draw inspiration from the experience of walking and how it shapes our thoughts. Her work is part of several corporate collections, including Capital One, MCV / VCU Health Services, and CMSS Architects. Her website address is
Jim Sconyers Jr.
Associate Professor of Art
Jim Sconyers, Jr. is an artist in a variety of media, including printmaking, photography, and digital media. In 2002, he received his MFA in Printmaking with Distinction from Indiana University’s Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts. Since that time, his work has been selected for both national and international exhibition, including, in 2007, Rentas Sempadan: An International Print Exhibition at the Penang International Art Festival in Malaysia and, in 2008, NO DANGER 3-Dimensional Airplane Prints, an international exhibition at Richmond International Airport, Richmond, Virginia, and at Robert L. Ringel Gallery, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana. Jim’s new body of work made its debut at Hunt Gallery, Mary Baldwin College, in January 2009 and is scheduled to be shown in a solo exhibition at Main Art Gallery, Richmond, Virginia in May 2010. Most recently, Jim was honored to be invited by Professor Edward Bernstein of the Henry Radford School of Fine Arts at Indiana University to participate in an exhibition at IMPACT: International Multidisciplinary Printmaking Conference, which took place from September 16-19, 2009. IMPACT was hosted by the Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. The show was comprised of 15 artists working with the title “Old Traditions in New Clothes”, loosely focusing on the interface between tradition and technology, both technically and conceptually. His website address is http://web.me.com/sconyers.